After confirming his target candidates, Yang Chen discovered that to take these small monstrous talents under his belt one by one would take a long time.
These were the strong persons who emerged after his ascension in his past lives, he didn't know whether he could find them all before he would ascend. However, even if he were to ascend, he must arrange for the Pure Yang Palace to collect these people.
The body of Mu Bai was in a wild land far north of the Central Plains, which was ruled by the orthodox sects. The land there was barren, the climate was relatively dry, and bitter cold. According to reason, it was not suitable for plants to survive. However, Mu Bai's main body grew there. This kind of harsh environment was also an important reason for Mu Bai to be similarly monstrously talented.
The more one struggles in a tough environment, the more perseverance one has, and the more you can face all kinds of calamities. Just like Sun Qingxue of the past life, who was excluded from the martial art sects, and cultivated on her own became one of the most talented cultivators of a generation. The same applied to Mu Bai.
Just on the way to find the body of Mu Bai, Yang Chen could still accomplish the matter of gathering the First Wood True Essence. On the Immortal Executioner Stage, there was an immortal to be slain, who said that there was a vein of First Wood True Essence in the lower realm in his Immortal’s Cave, and Yang Chen certainly would not skip it.
Now Yang Chen was currently only a Third and Fourth Fire double attributed Jiedan realm cultivator. The other eight spiritual powers were still at the peak of the late foundation stage. According to Yang Chen’s past practice experience, if he collected the First Wood True Essence for the cultivation of the First Wood True Secret Art, he could at least ensure that First Wood spirit power could also succeed to Jiedan realm.
He didn’t know if First Wood spirit power of Jiedan stage could initiate other attributed spirit powers at the same Jiedan stage, but at least Yang Chen’s Great Yin and Yang Five Elements Secret Art would get more perfected. In the same way, it would certainly lead to the process of other attributes spirit powers getting Jiedan stage advancements.
Just the Jiedan stage, it takes at least ten years to consolidate. At that time, Yang Chen's master Gao Yue took only ten years after he condensed it. The first one that received Yang Chen. Now, although Yang Chen said that the Palace Master had long recognized that he had the qualifications for admission, he must pluck his own Yin and Yang Five Elements Secret Art, which was the right way to practice.
It was just that the sword embryo of First Wood flying sword had been completed. He believed that with the understandings of the First Wood True Essence, the First Wood flying sword among the Yin Yang Five Elements flying swords would soon become Yang Chen's other ultimate flying sword.
Master Ancestor Wang Yong was still in seclusion and his Senior sister, Gong Sunling, was still following her master to study several sub-levels of the formations. Over the past years, some of the absolutely trusted of the disciples had been able to enter the Blue Vault Mountain Immortal’s Cave to cultivate.
Yang Chen just hurriedly greeted Gong Sunling and left the Pure Yang Palace without saying anything more. Since before the Palace Master, Yang Chen had casually taken out the bodies of fifteen praying mantises and Wan Qian, who were all Yuanying realm ancestors, he never said anything about the safety of Yang Chen again. Even Luo Yuan could do nothing about Yang Chen, in this world, the people who could hurt Yang Chen were really too few.
Perhaps apart from the super masters who were about to ascend, few people could threaten the safety of Yang Chen. However, since they were all facing ascension, how could they easily embarrass themselves by catching a Jiedan realm junior?
No one knew what Yang Chen was going to do, and no one was going to control it either. These years, Yang Chen's work had proved to the high-level members of the Pure Yang Palace that they should let Yang Chen do whatever he wished. They only needed to be responsible for solving some minor troubles afterwards. Yang Chen was definitely working towards Pure Yang Palace's benefit.
Amid the secret plane issue, Yang Chen still intended to endure for a few years and seduce the future geniuses, to strengthen himself, to weaken the enemy, and to improve his cultivation along the way. Why not?
More troublesome was that the area where Mu Bai was located was in the territory of the Monster Race. The plain of the monsters was in the north with snow all year round. If he wanted to go there, it was necessary to go through the plains of these monsters and face them whenever they appear. When Yang Chen, a disciple of the Jiedan realm, entered this plain of the beasts, it was certain to provoke a few incidents.
In addition, the location of the First Wood True Essence was also a hidden place in the plain of the beasts. Yang Chen did not understand the line of thought of the predecessor of that time; putting his own Immortal’s Cave in the plain of the beasts? Could it be that he was originally a monster himself?
This was quite possible. There were a lot of monster cultivators in the Heavenly Court. At that time, the one who was desecrated was not famous. Yang Chen could not have had any contact with him, and his cultivation at the time was very average.
Although Yang Chen now had a pair of bodies that didn't look like normal humans with huge horns. Undersea, it was easy to be mistaken for the monster race. He couldn't go otherwise. It was too dangerous even more so as proven by past events showing the wickedness of the monster race.
The area where the monsters lived, was not by their choice. The first determinant of survival there was strength. In many matters, the Monster Race had not precedents for right or wrong, only strength.
Because one's deficient strength, it was a matter of course to be eaten by another powerful monster. No other monster would come out to fight for you. The robbing of resources and spiritual pulses was the norm.
Scarface had a cultivation base in the late Yuanying realm, but was barely able to mix and match there, the sinister nature of the monsters was evident.
Before leaving, Yang Chen visited a circle of his friends. In the past few decades, everyone had advanced respectively. Du Qian even entered the Jiedan realm earlier than Yang Chen because when Yang Chen was first introduced, Du Qian was already in the late stage of building the foundation. He had been rather slow at entering the Jiedan realm in the following decades.
What surprised Yang Chen most was Shangguan Feng. The manager of the Ye Xiu Manor, who in the past had said it was impossible to achieve foundation stage. He had only entered the foundation stage a few years earlier than Yang Chen. Now had already reached the peak of the foundation stage, and only a single step separated him from the early Jiedan stage, Solidification of Core.
This could only be explained by one thing. Though the cultivation aptitude was important, the correct cultivation method still could change all of this. Obviously, Shangguan Feng had found his own Path of Cultivation.
The sect was flourishing, his Master was getting rid of her original destiny, and friends were also cultivating well. The sects of the enemy were badly hurt, and all this was caused by Yang Chen's own hands. How can he be any happier than this?
If there was something to say, then it was only one. After so many years, Xiao Tian finally thoroughly digested the dragon qi that he had devoured in the treasure house last time. His whole body seemed to have grown up in a circle. In the garden, it danced happily.
Solidification of Core => Early Jiedan stage / Jiedan realm
We had been using the Jiedan/Yuanying scheme of cultivation levels, thus, solidification of core seemed out of context.
If anyone has any objections or suggestions, please do comment.